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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 21, 2007 12:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

Blondie in 1977 at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco
The early show didn't sell many tickets so anyone who wanted to stay for the 2nd show for free was welcomed to hang.

U2 at the Old Waldorf in 1980, the place was packed and U2 never played that intimate venue in SF again...

B-52s played an afternoon for free on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley circa 1982, and about 100 punks & I were there, jumping like beans and blissfully bumping into each other.

The Bangles at The Stone (83?). They were 2nd on the bill to The Three O'Clock.
Three O'Clock free at the Bandshell in Golden Gate Park also circa 1983.

Copperhead with John Cipollina free at the Bandshell circa 1974.

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Kabuki (or somewhere like it) circa 1972.

Hot Tuna at Bimbos 365 Club, circa 1975. 1st Killing Time In Crystal City (?).

The Jam, Dwight Twilly, Roxy Music (mini-fest) in April 1979 at Oakland Theatre & annex. A++++++

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at Old Waldorf in early 1983 or late '82. Only around 20 people went to this show!

Met Pam Tillis at a Sausalito houseboat party in '77 and spent a few nights hanging out with her and the band she was singing with, Freelight.

So got to meet John Cipollina and trade a few quips with him.

Saw Mott the Hoople in 1970, they were 2nd billed under Quicksilver at the Fillmore West.
The lead singer (Ian Hunter) wearing the shades shocked onlookers a bit when he kicked over his keyboards.

Another 2nd billed band (supporting Hot Tuna in early '71) I saw at the FW that blew me and away were the Allman Brothers (with Duane) whom I'd never heard before. The next day went out and got their 1st lp.

Also 2nd billed on a bill I saw in '70 or '71 with James Taylor, was (to me) a previously unk. performer (who dueted with James at the encore)...

Carol King.
Bought her then new lp the next day... Tapestry.

Long since gave it to my sister.
I'd be surprized if that piece of plastic has any grooves left on it!

Souixsie & the Banshees, I-Beam 1981. Nice, they signed my flyer.

Husker Du - I-Beam 1984 Great show, blew my eardrums out for a day.

REM - 1984 The Warfield 3rd row seats. Great show. Next time I saw them it was from a mile away at a stadium. That was a great show too but...

Tubes - 1973 they opened for Led Zep at Kezar Stadium. Relatively small stadium, but I was too far away to get any of the pills Fee Waybill threw to the crowd.

Flamin' Groovies - 1971 Family Dog on the Great Highway with Sopwith Camel. The Groovies tore the roof off the place and got the party started... a change of pace from the Sopwith set that put me top sleep (I woke up in the middle of "Hello Hello" which was very pleasant. A really comfortable, live and let live vibe at this show.

Jimi Hendrix 1970 Berkeley Comm. - the early show, which wasn't filmed or taped.
It was way better than the late show that WAS filmed.
Idiots.


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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 21, 2007 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

"Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at Old Waldorf in early 1983 or late '82. Only around 20 people went to this show!


REM - 1984 The Warfield 3rd row seats. Great show. Next time I saw them it was from a mile away at a stadium. That was a great show too but... "



My jaw dropped when you mentioned these two shows. Grandmaster flash?! Crazy you saw 'em around 82-83. "The Message" had just came out too then I think. Do you remember who else was rapping w/ Biggie Grand?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 23, 2007 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

yeah, The Message had been played a few times on KALX - the UC Berkeley station, we picked it up in Oakland in '82, '83...

so, it was hardly well known in early '83 or then abouts.

I remember my girlfriend walking around in front of the stage, I mean there was ample room, no one was standing in front of the stage just about...

she was nipping off a bottle of vodka she smuggled in, no hassle.

Her girlfiend came with us, she was the designated driver - it was a wild night...

we got home and my girlfriend was so ratcheted up I can't even mention the things that went on 'til dawn!


that's her in the pic on the right in a brief moment of clarity, on the left I'm with an old friend with the wide face who sad to say drank himself to death 7 years ago...

his liver literally exploded, he was found in the bathroom of Mervyn's dept. store with a fifth of vodka in his lifeless hands, clutching the bottle so tightly all attempts to remove it were unsuccessful and he was put to rest still holding onto the Wolfschmidt.

ok, that last part is embellishment, but the Mervyn's men's room was indeed the scene of Dean's last sip from a 5th of rotgut vodka.

Too bad. We saw more than a few Dead shows together or were at the same shows over the years.

2nd attachment is Dean, shoving me while videotaping the event. at the Purple Onion on a tear, just months before his departure as it were.

That night he jumped up on stage uninvited and started singing with Sky Saxon (The Seeds), which I captured on video, only thing wrong really is that Dean started singing an entirely different song than Sky...

The band finished thier song and Dean kept on singing Soul Kitchen by The Doors, a very touching scene in a way.

so that's my mini-tribute to "that guy" as he was called by many people who saw Dean's face at concerts from 1969-2000.




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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 21, 2007 1:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

Actually, Hendrix's early show at Berkeley was both filmed & taped. Even the soundcheck was taped. You can see him wearing different clothes in the video, though the songs are cut into tiny pieces. Apparently all the footage not used in the film has been lost. A few early-show songs have been released here & there on different releases. The first show I think was sharper & more energetic, the late show more laid-back; that was the general pattern when Hendrix played two shows.
Early-show setlist:
Fire, Johnny B Goode, Hear My Train a Comin, Foxy Lady, Machine Gun, Freedom, Red House, Message to Love, Ezy Rider, Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Voodoo Child

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 21, 2007 4:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

light, that was superbly informative

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 21, 2007 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best concerts ***** non-Dead

Hendrix Information Bureau, at your service.

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